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The Seattle Sketcher

An illustrated journal of life in the Puget Sound region by Times artist Gabriel Campanario.

May 19, 2010 at 7:30 AM

Hello spring, goodbye stuff

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May 11, 2:47 p.m. [Click sketch to view larger]
Hello spring, goodbye stuff. The ritual of cleaning up and getting rid of things just started in my household with a trip to the nearest donations drop-off point. The first load included a plastic toy kitchen my kids don’t play with anymore and a big bag full of clothes – I finally parted ways with that Hawaiian shirt I hardly ever wore.
The visit made me wonder, what do they do with all this stuff?
Denise Small, Northwest Center Business Development Manager, said the items are sold to Value Village and the revenue goes to fund programs for adults and children with disabilities.
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May 11, 4:12 p.m. [Click sketch to view larger]
Northwest Center also employs more than 350 people with disabilities, like Walter, whose job at the Mukilteo donation depot is to sort out items and classify them in separate bags. Walter said everything goes to a good cause. “Even the fake plants.”

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